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silver shamrock

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  1. Looks great yakima!! Really glad my guide helped and that you completed it without any issues. Good idea including a ruler with the pics, why didn't I think of that? Maybe all of my inspiration was used up that day on the pen refill idea! Anyway the new photos should help anyone else trying this mod. Cheers
  2. Surely unnecessary movement is being caused to the copper pipe? Once it was bolted in place at the top it was very sturdy so I've never noticed any movement and doubt it would, and as gingerneil said, the ball joint allows enough give that it doesn't trouble the pipe above it
  3. Hi, I just followed the link that I pasted at the start of my thread, pretty sure it was a couple of different sellers but they all turned up at the same time. haha I just use a damp sponge after I've done the dishes and polish to a sparkle with a microfibre cloth (the type you'd polish a car with).
  4. Hi and apologies for the late reply I've been away on my jolly hols. I've managed to dig out the original drawing and the lines are 8mm. From top to bottom it measures 114mm and width around 75mm from the edge of the curve at the top to the outer edge of the nut at the bottom. Hope this helps!!
  5. Ah great news GN, glad you got it sorted!! I should patent that biro idea before someone else does!
  6. I probably wait a minute or more before pulling the shot as I heat my cups then and put the grounds in and tamp. The milk stays hot and the microfoam stays put if its done right so there's really no rush on making the espresso immediately. I've not noticed any taste difference on the espresso as I usually have a sip before adding the milk. Have a go see what you think. I also let the boiler heat up for a good 5 minutes maybe more before steaming
  7. Yes that makes sense, mine's the same. Oh so you actually went from the v2 to the v3, that's interesting I'm sure you'll get some questions about that. When making lattes/cappuccinos now I actually do the milk before making the espresso. I tried it both ways after changing the wand from the panarello and I found the wand produces a much more powerful steam that way, really swirls the milk and gets a vortex going. Then I purge the grouphead of excess steam and make my double shot. Works for me
  8. Haha, I could've posted you my pre-used biro! Still got a bend in it! Well as long as it's working eh. Jeez you managed that quick didn't you, took me about 4 hours, although to be honest 2 of those were probably spent on the pipe!
  9. Oh also how tight is the wand to move? I was worried mine might be a bit too tight when I first fitted it all together, but once in the machine it could be wiggled about fine
  10. Oh great stuff, glad you managed it!! :-) I wouldn't worry about the pipe if it's working ok, once you put the lid on you'll soon forget what it looks like. How long did it take you all in? I spent ages on the pipe, it was a pain getting it to the shape I needed but I just kept persisting. Also did you use a biro whilst making the bends?
  11. I used a vice for mine and did wiggle the drill bit around to get the perfect fit for the spring, you'll be fine with the 12.5mm, brass is pretty soft, wear goggles or glasses though, last thing you need is a shard of brass in the eyeball!!
  12. Great stuff gingerneil, hope it works out ok, if you have any issues just drop me an email mate!
  13. When I next get chance I'll take some photos of the microfoam the new wand is producing, I couldn't be happier with it!
  14. Yeah I guess that would work, you'd have to get the ratio of soap to water right though to make sure it went to the right consistency, too much either way and you'd be looking at a kinked pipe.. Would also be very cold on the fingers!! So I'd say some gloves would be in order...
  15. I get this every time I run some hot water through to warm the cup, its just grounds stuck on and around the edges of the shower head from the previous shot. I think the only way to eliminate it would be to completely clean this area every time you make a coffee. I wouldn't let you it worry you, probably 90% of these grounds come out on that first shot of water to heat the cup, can't see the other 10% affecting the flavour any
  16. There is someone on here that did that, I'm on my mobile at the moment so its not too easy for me to check, Jim Bean may have gone from the 2 to the 3. I'm sure they said it was better and much easier to clean because it doesn't have the hexagonal tip on it
  17. Well I never actually had the V2 I went straight to the V3 from the panarello after advice from marcuswar on here. The V3 only has one hole but I'm sure I read somewhere that it had three originally but they changed it to one. It does seem a lot more powerful than the original panarello and the microfoam is superb, it's not a pot of froth anymore, takes a bit of practise but I worked in a bar years ago that had a large coffee machine so I had plenty of practise then
  18. Thanks majnu!! Haha well its funny you say that, Ive never worked with copper pipe before so I rang my dad to see if he had any ideas (he's a bit of a DIYer) and he said try filling it with sand, I told him I didnt keep sand in my house, he then said try salt, so I gave it a go, ended up with salt everywhere and a copper pipe that I had no idea if it was full or not, so I stuck the pipe under really hot water to wash it out (which I'm guessing would be difficult with sand in such a thin pipe) and then had the idea of using the pen, the pen actually knocked a few lumps of salt out in the proces
  19. Instructions to do the above V3 steam wand upgrade... http://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?19298-Gaggia-Classic-Rancilio-Silvia-V3-Steam-wand-upgrade-with-pics&p=220431#post220431
  20. Hope this comes in handy for any members wanting to try this upgrade, it's quite fiddly to do but rewarding in the end. Any questions just send them over and I'll do my best to help you
  21. Here's a view of both wands side by side, and the whole job only cost me £34, well worth it when you see what you're getting...
  22. I kept bending the copper pipe bit by bit (before attaching it to the steam wand I mean), lining it up inside the machine where it attaches to the top pipe to see if it lined up right with the hole where the steam wand exits. As the V3 wand has a very large bolt on the end of it (which sits inside the machine) the whole copper pipe has to move up by around an inch, maybe more. Once you're happy with that it's time to get it all into the machine. I attached it all together first, I don't think it would be possible to get the joints all tightened up sufficiently from inside the machine as the
  23. I found the brass reducing nipple needed about 5 or 6 threads on each end to make it all fit together snuggly, when the part turned up it had about 8 threads on the 3/8" end and 6 on the 1/8" end. I filed the ends down after sawing, then used some PTFE thread seal tape on the threads, popped on the teflon gasket and tightened it all up, this is what it should look like when all attached...
  24. As other posters have mentioned the most difficult part of the job (and the part which took me the most time) was bending the copper pipe to make it all fit together. With it being such a slim copper pipe it's very easy to put a kink in it or split it, so I had the idea of taking the inside of a biro out, sliding it into the pipe and leaving it in there whilst making the bends, the plastic ink part of the pen was quite tough but it would slide right inside the pipe snuggly and followed all of the curves. I did it mostly by hand but some bits I had to use pliers etc to get tighter bends, usin
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